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M1's prevail in lively encounter at Indian Gymkhana

10 February 2018

Men's 1s 2 - 1 Indian Gymkhana Men's 1s

On Saturday the M1's travelled to Osterley to take on a much improved Indian Gymkhana in South Prem One. Hawks lacked their usual fluency and struggled to break down the home side who seemed content to sit deep and absorb pressure.  Hawks did create several good goal scoring opportunities, but found the Gym GK in good form and generally lacked precision in and around the opposition circle.  The stalemate was finally broken in the twenty fourth minute when Andy Watts clinically followed up to tuck home a rebound off the Gym GK. With the score just 1-0 at half time, Hawks realised they were in a dogfight.

Gymkhana showed much greater ambition in the second half and so it was fortunate that Will Heywood gave Hawks a little breathing space with the second half barely three minutes old, firing home following a good interception and pass from Ted Bennett.  Thereafter, Hawks found themselves under the cosh and the game became very lively with plenty of distraction, particularly from a noisy contingent of home support.  Hawks didn’t help themselves by receiving two yellow cards, having to play a ten minute period with ten players.  During this spell, Gymkhana pulled a goal back through a penalty stroke which set up a nervous final twenty minutes.  Hawks thought they had the game won when Tom Godding forced the ball home following a penalty corner, but the goal was disallowed by the umpire at the opposite end of play.  Fortunately Hawks managed to tough the game out and pick up what might prove to be a crucial three points with six league games remaining in the season.


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